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The Church’s Laodicean Problem

God gave a prophetic history of the church history in the book of Revelation. Revelation 2 and 3 describe seven eras of church history that apply to the seven literal churches in Asia. They also apply to
the seven historical ears of the church, from the earl apostolic church to today.

Today’s church era is called Laodicea. The city was known for its therapeutic hot and cold hydrotherapy baths.  The benefits of hydrotherapy are well understood today, and this is significant when we consider that God describes today’s church as lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold (verse 16) This displeases God very much, so much that is the church remains in this lukewarm condition,
God will spew her out of His mouth.

You may ask; why is this lukewarm conduction so serious in God’s sight. God desires that the church be either hot or cold – He desires the church to be “therapeutic” value on this earth. You see, a lukewarm church is not therapeutic – it offers little benefit to those who come in contact with it. God wants the church to bring life everywhere is goes. If the church is not therapeutic, it is of no value to God and will ultimately be cast from Him.

We can clearly see that God’s warning to the last-day Laodicean Christians is very serious. We must wake up to our condition and allow God to change us, if we are to be ready to meet Jesus when he comes. The sad truth is that the Laodicean Christians are not even aware of their dangerous spiritual condition:  “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17)

Supporting Scripture; (Matt. 5:13), (John 7:38, 39), Must read (Rev 3:14-21)

 

Personal Reflection and Discussion

  1. What did Jesus tell the disciples to do before they began ministering?
  2. What happened to the early church after the infilling of the Holy Spirit?
  3. When is the first time you can remember receiving the infilling of the Holy Spirit?

Prayer Activities

  1. Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
  2. Contact the people on your prayer list and let them know you are still praying for them.
  3. Pray with then and ask for the following;
    • For God to continue to convict you with the Holy Spirit.
    • For God to witness through you by the Holy Spirit, as He did through Noah.
    • For God to give you the strength to carry His message to all nations.
    • For the individuals on your pray list.
    • That we continue to seek the Holy Spirit
  4. For today use the following Bible Verse in your prayer (Ps. 119:25)

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

2 comments on “The Church’s Laodicean Problem

  1. Amalia
    July 21, 2011

    I like reading Colossians, since it was also adressed to Laodicea. In summary it consels the same way: Know their God, therefore increasing their faith, and submit to live it out, showing God’s love to others.

    Rev. 3:18 “Buy of me gold (faith) tried in fire, buy of me white raiment (right-living) that the shame of the body’s nakeness do not appear, and anoint thy eyes that thou may see (understand)”.

    Colossians 2:6-7 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him (right-living): rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith (faith), as ye have been taught (understanding) +, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

    Reminds me of that beauiful verse we shared a while back… Eph. 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, grounded in love, may comprehend the breath, length, depth and height of the love of Christ, which passeth understanding, and become filled with the fullness of God. -Amen!!

    Here’s something God gave me once that I wrote down and keep in my purse…”Be sure of you mission, Be sure of your calling, and be sure you know who your God is.” God wants me/us to be whole hearted, without waviering. Message of the Laodicea.

    • bobh6
      July 26, 2011

      God has a calling for all of us, the only problem is to many times we follow our desires not Gods.

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